Renault part with F1 team principal Vasseur

Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:12pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - The Renault Formula One team were left without a principal on Wednesday after Frederic Vasseur quit in the latest sudden departure to shake the sport ahead of a season of new regulations and change.

Renault said the parting was by "mutual consent" but Vasseur pointed to a fundamental disagreement.

"There was too much different vision in the management of the team, so at this stage I think it makes sense for me to leave," he told

"If you want to perform in F1, you need to have one leader in the team and one single way. If you have two different visions then the result is that the work inside the team is slow," he added.

Vasseur's departure came a day after champions Mercedes announced the exit of technical head Paddy Lowe, who is now expected to show up at Williams after a period of 'gardening leave'.

For the first time in 23 years, Formula One will have no reigning world champion in action as a consequence of Nico Rosberg retiring five days after winning the title with Mercedes.

The German's replacement has yet to be announced.

McLaren had already parted company with their boss Ron Dennis, while engineering head Pat Symonds left Williams at the end of last year.   Continued...